An audit of prescribing practices for benzodiazepines and Z-drugs.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/559218
Title:
An audit of prescribing practices for benzodiazepines and Z-drugs.
Authors:
Cadogan, C; Ryder, S
Citation:
An audit of prescribing practices for benzodiazepines and Z-drugs. 2015, 108 (3):84-6 Ir Med J
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Journal:
Irish medical journal
Issue Date:
Mar-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/559218
PubMed ID:
25876301
Abstract:
Concerns persist over the use of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs in Ireland. A prospective prescription audit was conducted in 81 community pharmacies across Ireland over a four week period. The study sought to assess the level of prescription compliance with key components of benzodiazepine and Z-drug prescribing guidelines. 28% of audit booklets issued were returned, yielding data on 4,418 prescriptions. The findings suggest that little progress has been made in improving the prescribing of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs in Ireland in the decade since publication of the Benzodiazepine Committee's report. Fewer than one fifth of prescriptions (18.8%) were fully compliant with the assessment criteria and the majority (53.7%) had multiple discrepancies. This study highlights the importance of monitoring and auditing benzodiazepine and Z-drug prescribing practices. Interventions involving patients, prescribers and pharmacists are required to improve the prescribing and use of these medications in Ireland.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Concerns persist over the use of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs in Ireland. A prospective prescription audit was conducted in 81 community pharmacies across Ireland over a four week period. The study sought to assess the level of prescription compliance with key components of benzodiazepine and Z-drug prescribing guidelines. 28% of audit booklets issued were returned, yielding data on 4,418 prescriptions. The findings suggest that little progress has been made in improving the prescribing of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs in Ireland in the decade since publication of the Benzodiazepine Committeeâ s report. Fewer than one fifth of prescriptions (18.8%) were fully compliant with the assessment criteria and the majority (53.7%) had multiple discrepancies. This study highlights the importance of monitoring and auditing benzodiazepine and Z-drug prescribing practices. Interventions involving patients, prescribers and pharmacists are required to improve the prescribing and use of these medications in Ireland.
Keywords:
DRUGS; ANXIOLYTICS; MEDICATION COMPLIANCE
MeSH:
Benzodiazepines; Guideline Adherence; Humans; Hypnotics and Sedatives; Ireland; Medical Audit; Physician's Practice Patterns; Quality Improvement
ISSN:
0332-3102

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorCadogan, Cen
dc.contributor.authorRyder, Sen
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-08T09:39:58Zen
dc.date.available2015-07-08T09:39:58Zen
dc.date.issued2015-03en
dc.identifier.citationAn audit of prescribing practices for benzodiazepines and Z-drugs. 2015, 108 (3):84-6 Ir Med Jen
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102en
dc.identifier.pmid25876301en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/559218en
dc.descriptionConcerns persist over the use of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs in Ireland. A prospective prescription audit was conducted in 81 community pharmacies across Ireland over a four week period. The study sought to assess the level of prescription compliance with key components of benzodiazepine and Z-drug prescribing guidelines. 28% of audit booklets issued were returned, yielding data on 4,418 prescriptions. The findings suggest that little progress has been made in improving the prescribing of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs in Ireland in the decade since publication of the Benzodiazepine Committeeâ s report. Fewer than one fifth of prescriptions (18.8%) were fully compliant with the assessment criteria and the majority (53.7%) had multiple discrepancies. This study highlights the importance of monitoring and auditing benzodiazepine and Z-drug prescribing practices. Interventions involving patients, prescribers and pharmacists are required to improve the prescribing and use of these medications in Ireland.en
dc.description.abstractConcerns persist over the use of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs in Ireland. A prospective prescription audit was conducted in 81 community pharmacies across Ireland over a four week period. The study sought to assess the level of prescription compliance with key components of benzodiazepine and Z-drug prescribing guidelines. 28% of audit booklets issued were returned, yielding data on 4,418 prescriptions. The findings suggest that little progress has been made in improving the prescribing of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs in Ireland in the decade since publication of the Benzodiazepine Committee's report. Fewer than one fifth of prescriptions (18.8%) were fully compliant with the assessment criteria and the majority (53.7%) had multiple discrepancies. This study highlights the importance of monitoring and auditing benzodiazepine and Z-drug prescribing practices. Interventions involving patients, prescribers and pharmacists are required to improve the prescribing and use of these medications in Ireland.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Irish medical journalen
dc.subjectDRUGSen
dc.subjectANXIOLYTICSen
dc.subjectMEDICATION COMPLIANCEen
dc.subject.meshBenzodiazepinesen
dc.subject.meshGuideline Adherenceen
dc.subject.meshHumansen
dc.subject.meshHypnotics and Sedativesen
dc.subject.meshIrelanden
dc.subject.meshMedical Auditen
dc.subject.meshPhysician's Practice Patternsen
dc.subject.meshQuality Improvementen
dc.titleAn audit of prescribing practices for benzodiazepines and Z-drugs.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish medical journalen
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